Country profile: Austria. Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE)

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Period: 01 Jan 2000 - 01 Jan 2010

TBE is endemic in all of Austria’s federal states. In the pre-vaccination era, before 1980, the numbers of hospitalised TBE cases recorded annually ranged from 300 to 700.

Today, vaccination coverage is at about 85% of the total population in Austria which – because of the effectiveness of the vaccine – has led to a dramatic decline in the disease in Austria, with the numbers of annual cases ranging from 50 to 100 in the last decade. A majority of the cases reported are males and the number of cases increase with age.

The data is published in the report 'Epidemiological situation of tick-borne encephalitis in the EU and EFTA'. The report was a first effort to collect existing data on TBE in EU/EFTA countries. The data, covering the period 2000–2010, were collected from different sources using different case definitions, time scales, and spatial units and do not reflect the complete picture and complexity of the epidemiology of this disease.



Type of surveillance


Type of reporting


Type of data recorded


Cases routinely reported

cases with CNS infection

Case definition


Provision of surveillance data

aggregated (2000-2001), case-based (2002-2010)

Estimated sensitivity of surveillance

national, fair sensitivity

Reference laboratory

Institute of Virology, Medical University of Vienna

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